Indulge yourself in Istanbul

Updated: Nov 14, 2021



Istanbul - we've all heard the name of this city before. Maybe as the city that crosses the

Bosporus Strait or “the city that connects Europe and Asia together”

Istanbul, the city with a population of over 15 million residents, approximately 19% of Turkey’s entire population this also Istanbul the most popular city in Europe and altogether the world's 15th largest city.

Turkey has about 201 universities, spread over its 81 cities. 81 cities in one country must surely be difficult for students to choose from when deciding to continue their studies or studying abroad. Don’t worry, we're going to narrow down why Istanbul should or could be your next city of choice.

Istanbul has about 57 universities (44 private – and 13 public) meaning that it’s home to 29% of all the universities in Turkey. Pretty fascinating, isn’t it?

The people that choose to go study in Istanbul opt for this city as it offers various options for accommodation and there is a lot to explore around the city in your free time. Many students mention that even after years of studying in Istanbul, there are still so many places they have not discovered.


If you plan on studying in Istanbul, here are some of the top private and public universities to choose from.

Top 5 Public Universities in Istanbul:

  1. İstanbul University

  2. Marmara University

  3. Boğaziçi University

  4. İstanbul Technical University

  5. Yıldız Teknik University

Top 5 Private Universities in Istanbul:

  1. Yeditepe University

  2. Özyeğin University

  3. İstanbul Bilgi University

  4. İstanbul Medipol University

  5. İstanbul Aydın University

Besides slaving your life away to a degree, Istanbul offers various places to visit to indulge yourself. Whether it be a museum or a bazaar. Istanbul has it all for you!

Here are the top 5 places to visit when in Istanbul.

  1. Hagia Sophia

The wonderful church, then a mosque, then a museum, and recently mosque again stands amongst the world’s greatest architectural achievements. Finally, after years of restoration, you can finally visit and indulge the Hagia Sophia in all its beauty

  1. Take a Bosporus Cruise.

A trip to Istanbul wouldn’t be complete without taking a cruise on the Bosporus.

This cruise will provide you with a beautiful view of the city. European and Asian side.

Both of its shores offer much to explore.

Tip: take a day trip to the Princes’ Islands.

  1. Basilica Cistern

As above, so below is beauty to be found in Istanbul.

The underground cistern used to bring water from Bulgaria to Istanbul with aqueducts.

The Basilica Cistern’s ceiling is held up by 336 columns. At the end of the walkway, you shall find Medusa’s head placed upside down.

  1. Grand Bazaar

There are many things to do at the Grand Bazaar and looking for a bargain is the main one.

The Grand Bazaar is over 500 years old, had 60 streets, containing no less than 5000 shops, 60 restaurants, 18 fountains, 12 mosques and you won’t believe it – even a school!

It is considered one of the largest covered bazaars in the world. You don’t even have to question why.

  1. Hammam

After a long day of exploring the city, cooling down and relaxation are a must!

What better way to do so than by getting scrubbed in a Hammam?

You start off by relaxing in a steamy room, laying on hot marble, letting the sound of running water calm your mind. Then a quick body scrub, then finished off by a sultan massage until your skin feels rejuvenated.

All in all, Istanbul has a lot to offer, so whether are there to study or for a lovely trip, the city has it all.

And we haven’t even mentioned food…



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